The University of Texas Medical Branch Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor - Chief of Infection Prevention and Control, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases in Galveston, Texas
- Medical Doctor degree with subspecialty training and certification in infectious diseases
- Prior experience in hospital infection control and epidemiology is required
- State of Texas Licensure or eligibility
- Board Certification or Board-eligibility in Internal Medicine
- Board Certification in the subspecialty of Infectious Diseases
Commensurate with experience
Specific Job Related Duties
The Chief of Infection Prevention and Control is responsible for leadership of all UTMB Health infection prevention and control programs and initiatives. S/he will continue to enhance the department’s educational programs for medical staff, fellows, residents and medical students and advance the department’s participation in research and scholarly activities.
Infection Prevention reports to the Health System and is aimed at identifying and reducing risks of endemic and epidemic hospital acquired infections in patients and healthcare workers across the Health System providing quality, cost effective care, educating providers, trainees and students and providing a continuum of regional tertiary care. The department is currently comprised of a hospital epidemiologist, five infection preventionists, one epidemiology technician, one coordinator, one administrative associate and a business analyst.
The Healthcare Epidemiology focus areas for 2016 consist of the following:
- Surveillance and prevention of Central Line Associated Bacteremia (CLABSI)
- Surveillance and prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonias
- Surveillance and prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
- Control of epidemiologically significant organisms, including Drug Resistant Organisms and Clostridium difficile
- Prevention of Surgical Site Infections
- Monitoring and improving Hand Hygiene Compliance
- Complying with standard and isolation precautions
- Prevention of infections associated with medical equipment and the environment
- Prevention of occupationally acquired infections and/or transmission by infectious staff to others.
- Investigating and controlling outbreaks.
- Identifying and controlling emerging infectious diseases.
- Education of employees on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections in patients and occupationally-acquired infections in healthcare workers.
- Evaluation of the Infection Prevention and Control Program.
- UTMB Health participates in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) program and submits healthcare associated infection data for analysis and benchmark comparison.
The Chief of Infection Prevention and Control will have the option to provide leadership and oversight to UTMB’s program for managing patients suspect to be infected with high-containment pathogens (e.g. Ebola). This position will provide 0.15 FTE in support from the Health System. UTMB has been designated as a regional center for the management of such patients by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is expanding the current capability by constructing a 6-bed high-containment clinical unit. The high-containment program works closely with the Galveston National laboratory, home to multiple investigators who conduct research under Biosafety Level-4 conditions, and UTMB’s National Biocontainment Training Center, a world leader in biocontainment training.
Essential functions for the position of Chief of Infection Prevention and Control will include but are not limited to:
Determine evidence-based protocols and standards for infection control and prevention at UTMB Health System.
Assume overall administrative responsibility for professional activities of the Infection Prevention section.
Guide hospital-wide infection-prevention teams (e.g. Hand Hygiene, Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections, Urinary Catheter-Associated Infections, etc.).
Supervise the collection of surveillance data, analyze and implement infection prevention and control strategies.
Work with senior leadership, medical staff, Infection Preventionists and patient caregivers at meeting the Health Systems’ goals in regard to all hospital-acquired infections.
Identify staff outreach opportunities for education, including staff newsletters, e-learning modules and in-services.
Investigate outbreaks within the Health System.
Evaluate and assist the implementation of Infection Control Policies and Procedures and participates in the review of existing policies.
Provide interpretation of regulatory standards related to infection control.
Work closely with Department of Occupational Health at monitoring the Infection Control policies and procedures for employee exposure to infectious organisms.
Work closely with the Microbiology Department in regard to testing, susceptibility reports and the critical analysis of new rapid tests for microorganisms.
Work closely with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to maximize the effective use of antimicrobials within the Health System.
Serve as a resource to the Risk Management department in regard to potential claims and patient care concerns.
Consult with architects, engineers and contractors in regard to infection control risks associated with various projects, as needed.
Serve as a liaison between the Medical staff in infection control improvement initiatives.
Participate in quality assurance and performance improvement activities on a current and retrospective basis and assist in epidemiologically based outcomes management initiatives.
Participate in educational programs at the discretion of the Vice President, Chief Medical Officer.
Serve as the Health System liaison to the Galveston County Health Department, Texas.
Essential functions for the appointment within the academic Department at Associate Professor/Professor, tenure track, include the provision of clinical care, clinical instruction, and departmental/institutional service. The academic appointment will fall under the supervision of the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine.
Preferred Work Experience
Demonstrated leadership in the field of hospital infection control and epidemiology is preferred
Equal Employment Opportunity
UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job Title: Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor - Chief of Infection Prevention and Control, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Job ID: 52540
Business Unit: SOMED